Sleep Program

Our specialized care team is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in children. Sleep is essential to the healthy growth and development of any child. Specialists at the Dell Children’s Sleep Program can detect conditions that may be keeping your child from having good, consistent sleep patterns. Our qualified team of specialists treat a wide variety of pediatric sleep conditions for children of all ages, including newborns through 18 years of age.

Services Provided

Dell Children’s Sleep Program offers a full range of services to get to the bottom of your child’s difficulty with sleep. The diverse services include:

  • Consultation by a board-certified sleep medicine physician
  • Newly renovated lab with 6 bed suites, new furniture and all equipment and technology designed specifically for children. The lab provides up-to-date testing available for all indicated sleep disorders
  • Access to sleep medicine staff: board-certified pediatric sleep physician, pediatric sleep technicians,  respiratory therapist, social worker, nurse coordinators to name a few
  • Collaboration and support by the largest network of pediatric specialists and specialty programs in Central Texas including an onsite pediatric sleep psychologist, a specialist not typically used in the community sleep labs
  • Onsite Level IV NICU onsite ensures your newborn is getting the highest level of possible newborn care

Common Conditions Treated

Our qualified specialists treat a wide variety of pediatric sleep conditions. Some of the common sleep disorders include:

    • Obstructive Sleep Apnea- Snoring may be a sign of abnormal breathing and is present in obstructive sleep apnea, causing a child to have difficulty breathing during sleep due to upper airway obstruction. 
    • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) A sleep disorder characterized by tingling sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move them. It can be present in children with “growing leg pains.”
    • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder – Excessive and repetitive movement of the extremities in sleep, which can cause sleep disruption.
    • Narcolepsy Excessive sleepiness, including narcolepsy: A child with this condition is excessively sleepy during the day and has a hard time staying awake. This can sometimes be associated with a condition called cataplexy, which is a loss in muscle tone triggered by strong emotions.
    • Insomnia  Repeated difficulties with falling asleep, staying asleep and/or duration of sleep despite getting an adequate time and opportunity for sleep, which in turn causes daytime impairment.
    • Parasomnias – Abnormal behaviors in sleep, including sleepwalking and sleep terrors.
    • Circadian Rhythm Disorder – A disruption in the child’s “internal body clock” that regulates the normal “24-hour” biological cycle.